Party Foundation Day Tour
This celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Workers Party of Korea. It’s one of the biggest holidays in North Korea. This year we are expecting a military parade and huge celebrations!
During our tour in Pyongyang we’ll be seeing all the must see sights of the capital such as the Mausoleum, the Juche tower, ride the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Korean War Museum and much much more.
We’ll also head down to and staying overnight in Kaesong. This city is 8km away from the DMZ that divides Korea. We’ll then make our way to Panmunjom where we’ll meet our own local Korean People’s Army officer for a detailed tour of the site.
The Mass Games is the world’s largest performance with over 100,000 people participating. Now is your chance to watch this incredible performance! Ticket prices are on-top of tour cost and are available to be purchased in Pyongyang. Ticket prices will be announced closer to the event. We highly recommend securing your spot on tour early as we expect spaces to fill up very quickly.
Thursday October 8th – Wednesday October 14th, 2020.
- Meet your Rocky Road guide at 1:30pm at a Beijing Hotel near Beijing Railway Station. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive your North Korean visas and tickets, and meet your fellow travellers.
- Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
- Train group arrive in Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then departs again for Sinuiju at 9:00am.
- Between these hours you are free to grab yourself some breakfast and walk to the river that separates China and North Korea.
- Flight takers depart Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:00pm (Meet at Air Koryo check in counter).
- Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:00pm to be met in arrivals by your Korean guides.
- Train group arrive at 6:30pm and transfer directly to the Yanggakdo hotel.
- In the evening your tour leader will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides. The hotel is North Korea’s most famous place to stay and is a real trip highlight itself. It has everything from bowling to karaoke to a swimming pool and massage parlour. Enough to keep you entertained!
- Dinner and overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
October 10th - Party Foundation Day!
- Kim Il Sung Square – The central square of Pyongyang City and a popular meeting point.
- Foreign Language Bookshop – right next to the square and the best place for pins, stamps, books and other souvenirs!
- Ride the Pyongyang Metro! See three of the stations and Exit to:
- The Arch of Triumph – This celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the triumphant return of Kim Il Sung to his home town.
- Participate in a Mass Dance ceremony held at a monument. A fantastic and unique photo opportunity!
- Stroll through Mansudae fountain park taking in the Grand People’s Study House and see the mosaic pictures of the leaders.
- Visit Mansudae Grand Monument – the two large bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il.
- Walk up along Moran Park located in the heart of Pyongyang. Here the locals come to celebrate the day with their families and friends. BBQ, dancing, singing and drinking are commonplace.
- Special celebratory events such as a circus or concert performance (optional extra: approx €20).
- To be confirmed: Attend the Mass Games – The world’s largest performance! Ticket prices to be announced. Tickets can be purchased whilst on tour in North Korea for an extra fee.
- Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – This is where the Leader’s Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state.
- Juche Tower – the tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the Juche Ideology. Central to the teachings of the DPRK(optional extra €5 to go to the top).
- Lunch at a traditional restaurant for Korean bibimbap!
- Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. This incredible museum features dioramas, captured weapons, the Victory Monument, and the USS Pueblo: the only American military vessel captured by another nation.
- Monument to the Party Foundation – The hammer sickle and brush built in 1995.
- Hit the road for the 3.5 hour drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
- Overnight at Kaesong folklore traditional hotel for a unique experience.
- The DMZ – tour Panmunjom with a friendly army officer who will give you the look around. You can even take photos with the army here! We should be the first ones here thus avoiding all the crowds!
- Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a UNESCO museum of history and culture. There’s also a wonderful stamp and postcard shop here so you can send postcards to your friends and family. Don’t forget to write down the address before you travel!
- Lunch in Kaesong City – on the menu will be traditional Korean Pansangi, a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog Soup €5)
- Stop by Sariwon to view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
- Try locally brewed Makkoli in a local tea house.
- Stop by the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil (reunification) Highway.
- Back to Pyongyang in time for dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
- Visit Kwanbok department store. Here we can shop with the locals and have access to the local North Korean currency!
- Last night beers at the Taedonggang Micro Brewery! They have seven different types of beer here.
- Overnight in the Yanggakdo Hotel.
- Flight takers depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am local Beijing time).
- Train takers depart at 10:25am for Beijing. Arrival in Dandong at 16:30 and transfer to the overnight express to Beijing.
- Train takers arrive at 9:00 into Beijing main station
**We will take care of every detail of the North Korea visa application as well as getting you to Pyongyang and back from Beijing. We’ll also help you with your China visa application by supplying an invitation letter. If you are planning to apply for the 144 hour China transit visa on arrival then we will send you your DPRK visa and flight ticket to Pyongyang so you can apply on arrival in Beijing.
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